10 Power Tips for Leaders who Talk too Much

All the interesting things you say, make you uninteresting to others. Few talkers enthrall listeners. Don’t think of yourself as one.

You know too much and have too much to say. Passion sets your tongue on fire. You can’t wait to create enthusiasm, solve problems, and share transformative insights.

In a busy world brevity matters.


You’ve talked too much when people move on after you’re done speaking; there’s no follow up or comeback. I’ve inspired the glazed-eye-look. Have you? Ouch!

10 Power Tips for Talkers:

  1. Speak only as long as the other person spoke. Conversation equity is reached sooner than you think. This is true because you’re more interesting, for you. Stop talking sooner.
  2. Think communication not talking. Talking isn’t communicating.
  3. Avoid fire hoses when people want sips. Short simple questions call for short simple answers.
  4. Keep background information to yourself. Don’t give the whole picture. Have you ever heard the whole story when all you wanted was chapter one? Ugh!
  5. Clarify problems before giving solutions or explanations. If you don’t, you’ll end up solving the wrong problem.
  6. Always ask questions before making suggestions, always.
  7. Invite more conversations by emphasizing what you ask and minimizing what you say.
  8. Fall in love with silence. Just let it hang there for a bit. The need to fill silence indicates a self-centered focus.
  9. Give short answers and ask if you answered their question. You can always say more but you can never take back.
  10. Wait for people to invite you to say more. Scary isn’t it?

Bonus: Stop interrupting.

Stop talking before others stop listening. The less you say the more interesting and inviting you become.


What talking tips can you add?

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